Presidents, Before & After. [Photos]

Two photos each of 10 Presidents: Before & After their service.


Lincoln, before and after the Civil War. (photo)

Whitman on Lincoln: “I see the President almost every day … I see very plainly Abraham Lincoln’s dark brown face, with the deep-cut lines, the eyes, always to me with a deep latent sadness in the expression. We have got so that we exchange bows, and very cordial ones. … None of the artists or pictures has caught the deep, though subtle and indirect, expression of this man’s face. There is something else there. One of the great portrait painters of two or three centuries ago is needed.”

How we respond to stress shows up fast—with breath, exercise, community…or with fear, collapse, loss of humor. We have a choice.

Empathy—you know, love—keeps us healthy through stress.

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” – Irish proverb 

“With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

10 Presidents, 20 Photos: Before & After the Presidency. This is what stress looks like:



Again, Whitman on Lincoln: “he has a face like a Hoosier Michelangelo–so awful ugly it becomes beautiful–with its strange mouth, its deep-cut, crisscross lines, and its doughnut complexion.”


How Presidency Ages Us:

Presidents before and after their term(s)

For more:

5 Ways to Get Old…Fast.

The Aging Barack Obama Art Kit ~ Buy it for your kids! [Rick Mercer Report]


How to Age Gracefully.


Stress is Good for You.

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Dian Jul 5, 2015 9:15am

Reagan looked the same if not better. Hollywood magic is powerful!

Margot Jul 5, 2015 6:10am

I don't get the third picture of Obama. Is it supposed to be a prediction of what he'll look like when he's 70 and in a movie with Will Smith where they are required to save the world from the evil robots who threaten to take over? 'Cause that pick is pretty thug…..and unrealistic…..and leading.

bill lewis Jul 5, 2015 1:55am

Using a photo of the actor who plays ” Satan” in a Ridiculous History channel ‘Bible’ mini series (which WAS to be a slight on Obama by the producers) is not cool nor funny. Cos’ most folks wouldn’t be aware of its source.

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